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Coffee Shops Southern California

 

Algemac's Coffee Shop (Gone)
Glendale, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Here's the neon that sits on the side of Algemac's Coffee Shop off San Fernando Road in Glendale.

Algemac's, which opened in 1937, closed its doors in 2006. The coffee shop was gutted from the inside and the building is now home to a community center.

 

 

Dinah's Parasol (Demolished)
Torrance, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

(Below) Shown below are a couple of shots of the former Dinah's Parasol in Torrance, CA. This location used to be a twin of The Parasol Restaurant of Seal Beach.

 

 

Pann's Coffee Shop
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Jason Carlton

Here are a few photos of the Southern California classic coffee shop Pann's which was designed by the well known architecture firm of Armet & Davis in 1958. This coffee shop was saved by the L.A. Conservancy's Modern Committee from the wrecking ball and is now a fine example of the coffee shop architecture that was once quite prevalent during the mid-century era.

Check out more photos and info on Pann's at Roadside Peek's Spotlight on Pann's Restaurant. 04-08

 

 

Johnie's Broiler (Partially Demolished)
Downey, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Featuring a huge "fat boy" character on its marquee, Johnie's Broiler stands out as a classic coffee shop amidst redevelopment. Johnie's was originally Harvey's Broiler.

 

UPDATE 01/07 : Unfortunately, Johnie's closed down as a coffee shop in 2002 and became home to a used car lot. In January 2007, the car hop and a large part of the restaurant area was illegal demolished, though the sign still stands.

See more at Roadside Peek's Johnie's Broiler feature page. 01-07

 

 

Denny's Restaurant (Remodeled)
Arcadia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This classic Denny's on Route 66 in Arcadia was recently converted to the diner look. Saved was the windmill on top, due to a rally which included members of the L.A. Conservancy and Route 66 organization.

 

 

 

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